Poor personal hygiene, cross contamination among foodborne illness risk factors in fast food restaurants, FDA report

USA – The Food and Drug Administration has released findings from the first phase of a 10-year study indicating that among the foodborne illness risk factors that needed improvement were poor personal hygiene, improper food holding/time and temperature and cross-contamination with the equipment. According to FDA, more than half of all food poisoning outbreaks in…

Tanzania government decides to buy cashew nuts stock as dealers cry foul

TANZANIA - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has officially announced that the government would buy all cashew nuts from farmers at about US$1.44 (3,300 Tanzanian shillings) a kilogram. This was after private buyers were reluctant to buy the crop due to disagreement in purchase prices. To support implementation of the directive, President Magufuli directed the Tanzania…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

Standards and tax bodies release Coca-Cola’s US$4.8m imports after stand-off

KENYA – Coca-Cola has received clearance from both the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs), allowing the entry of its imported raw materials into the country. A Business Daily report indicates that the company’s US$4.87 million worth of imports were detained at the Mombasa port five months ago over a dispute…

Tiger Brands expects 30% decline in full year earnings with recovery from listeriosis

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands has revised its profit warning and now expects headline earnings per share to fall by between 25% and 30% as the company struggles to recover from the listeriosis tussle, reports Business Day. This is a revision from the 22% to 37% range it had earlier forecast for the year to…

United Kingdom hikes wine duty but freezes duty on beer, spirits and cider

UK – United Kingdom Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced that duty tax on wine will increase while that on beer, spirits and cider would remain the same in line with the rate of inflation, effective 1 February 2019. Duties on beer and spirits will remain at the same level as last year in a bid…

France plans to ban titanium oxide in food additives

FRANCE - France’s National Assembly passed an amendment banning the use, import and marketing of any food product containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive as a component of France’s farm and food bill currently under debate. A 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nanoparticles of Ti02. However, EFSA stated…

Aleph Farms calls on USDA to promote clean meat to improve food safety

ISRAEL - Aleph Farms, Israeli food technology start-up company, has called on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote clean meat for its compelling safety advantages, such as being antibiotic free and pathogen free. Alepha Farms made the request in response to the US Cattlemen's Association's (USCA) petition to the USDA to restrict the…

Nigeria to adopt standards on sugar and allied products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is considering adopting African and developing new standards on sugar and sugar products such as glucose and sucrose to improve intra-African trade as well as promote harmonisation of standards across the continent. The standards will be considered for cane sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose and sucrose,…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…